Who Qualifies for Communication? A Systems Perspective on Human and Other Possibly Intelligent Beings Taking Part in the Next Society

Technikfolgenabschätzung: Theorie und Praxis, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 17-26, 2011

17 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2011

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

Next society might be that in which computer-based artificial intelligences begin to take part in communication. We therefore need to rethink one of modern society’s most cherished ideas: that only humans qualify for communication. We have driven spirits, gods, and devils, animals, and plants out of this realm. This paper looks into notions of society, communication, and the social propounded by the theory of social systems to investigate how and when artificial intelligences will be able to join human beings in that most demanding undertaking, communication. Independence, self-reference, and complexity as identified as some of the conditions artificial intelligences will have to fulfill. It will take new structures and a new culture for society to live up to this.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Communication, Computer, Next Society

Suggested Citation

Baecker, Dirk, Who Qualifies for Communication? A Systems Perspective on Human and Other Possibly Intelligent Beings Taking Part in the Next Society (April 1, 2011). Technikfolgenabschätzung: Theorie und Praxis, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 17-26, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918343

Dirk Baecker (Contact Author)

Witten/Herdecke University ( email )

Germany

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